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post #21 of 32 Old 07-12-2013, 12:13 AM
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I sure wish I was tipped for all the extras I did around the barn LOL

Anyway, I wouldn't. As much as it's a nice thought...usually people who do this do it because they want. I sure as heck wouldn't do some of the things I do if I didn't love people's horses!
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post #22 of 32 Old 07-12-2013, 06:10 PM
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Not going to lie, when I saw this I giggled and said, "What?"
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post #23 of 32 Old 07-12-2013, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by futuredoctor View Post
At the barn where I ride there are several girls who work there. They are young (about my age, 16, 17, 18ish). They are very helpful and help me tack up, groom the horses, and get acquainted with the equipment. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to tip these people. I haven't for the first few lessons. I don't know if other people are tipping them and I don't want to be "that jerk". On the other hand, I don't want to be that weirdo who tries to shove cash in everyone's face.

Do people usually tip these people or not?
No, you don't tip. Saves them from feeling uncomfortable or insulted and having to risk insulting you by declining it.

If any of the girls or ladies I've provided assistance to offered to pay me I'd have laughed and been forced to explain that I wanted to do it because it was needed. If there was going to be money involved they'd be hiring me instead of me coming up and doing it or teaching them how. Even that wouldn't work though. I couldn't take money for helping someone with their horse even when I was offered to be paid. Just said I'd do it at no cost.

There is way too much money being spent in the equine community. It's become a regular industry. I liked the old days when everyone in the area helped out, taught the youngsters the skills needed and there was never any thought of paying. It's still like that with me and two other people I know, but it seems to be out of the norm anymore. I enjoy helping a new person learn how to pick and trim feet or even how to clean the smegma (amazing how many new horse owners don't know about that.....and the looks I get when I'm explain why and showing how to do it ). After all it's really about the horse. I'm helping the horse by helping the owner learn how to take care of it. Why would I want to be paid for helping out those animals. I'd feel worse knowing that by not helping that person I might be partially responsible for the horse having a problem.

Ah, but I digress. Point is horse people should be helping you out. Later, you'll hopefully be doing the same for them or someone else.

If you really feel you must give them a tip here's two.
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post #24 of 32 Old 07-13-2013, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by its lbs not miles View Post

Ah, but I digress. Point is horse people should be helping you out. Later, you'll hopefully be doing the same for them or someone else.
Exactly what I was going to say!! Hopefully, you will be luckily enough to learn and grow and share your love and knowledge of horses with others one day, too!

A few cookies never hurt anyone, though!
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post #25 of 32 Old 07-13-2013, 09:38 AM
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Like others have said, it's not customary and likely will open a can of worms you can't shut.

That said, I am a trainer/instructor and do have students/clients bring me things sometimes. Goodies from their garden, something they've baked and the occasional bag of peppermints or homemade treats for the horses kind of things. One student that drives a good distance to come to me and lives in a town far larger than mine brings me a macchiato from Starbucks every lesson. Closest Starbucks for me is 35 miles so that's a very appreciated gesture. For her, I never mind spending a bit of extra time in a lesson if I'm not booked back to back.
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post #26 of 32 Old 07-13-2013, 12:57 PM
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when you start out fresh and new, everyone is going to help you because that's how it is in barns. everyone knows that a new person doesn't know how, so the staff and even the riders will go out of their way to help by tacking, checking your tack, your horse to be sure all is well.

as you get better, you'll be doing your own tacking and you'll be helping. you might get there a little early and find someone needs some help so you'll pitch in too. your horse's stall might need a little cleaning up, so you'll do that. we ALL pitch in where we can.

I'm the person who empties the water buckets in the tack room the days I'm there (we're the only western class). And I make sure the soap container is covered so the mice don't eat it and the towels are hung up to dry for tomorrow.

Ultimately we're all in it to ride the horses. You're not an outsider although you don't feel like an insider because you don't have your legs and you don't know how to ride or the routines or even what people are talking about or what's what or who's who. Right now you're only there to take lessons.

But eventually the barn becomes YOUR barn and everything in it will lie in that definition, so you'll watch and help and tack up and help someone carry something or turn out someone's horse, etc. That's how you'll learn too, by helping and talking (and bringing cookies). AND treats for the horses. But find out what's acceptable at your barn.

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post #27 of 32 Old 07-13-2013, 02:51 PM
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I also say don't tip.

I work in a stable that offers many rides and such to tourists or temporary guests on the surrounding islands. If someone that is not a regular rides, a tip is not out of the ordinary. Regulars typically do not tip, but they will sometimes bring lunch, help with a feeding or cleaning, or offer something that's not monetary to show their appreciation.

I definitely think bringing cookies or some type of treat like that would make someone's day at the barn.
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post #28 of 32 Old 07-14-2013, 10:20 PM
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I just started riding again after a long time off. And I checked out two barns. I picked the one where I liked the trainer AND the attitude of the other riders. I come a little early and stay a little late. Get to know people--who they are and their names. Talk with them. Come early. Watch a few lessons (I think watching others lessons help my riding a lot).
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post #29 of 32 Old 07-14-2013, 10:30 PM
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The mother of a young rider just tried to tip the instructor yesterday. After it was refused, the mother asked me why. With this thread fresh in my mind, I was better able to explain it to her.

She sending cookies. Really good cookies. I'll be hanging around the instructor's trailer now hoping to get in on the bounty!
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post #30 of 32 Old 07-15-2013, 12:18 PM
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Don't tip them...that's just weird
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